Dutch Irrigation Engineers and Their (Post-) Colonial Irrigation Networks

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Abstract

This chapter traces the career steps and decisions of Dutch irrigation engineer De Gruyter between 1920 and 1961 to discuss how the Dutch irrigation engineering network managed to emerge and continue by defining what its members considered ‘good practice’. Irrigation education in Delft permitted entrance to working practice. Only those working procedures that had proven themselves in actual irrigation practice became accepted solutions, both in colonial times and after 1945, when colonial irrigation knowledge was made into international expertise. This redefinition of colonial engineering allowed engineer De Gruyter and many of his colleagues to become active in the international field of irrigation and development.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology and Globalisation
Subtitle of host publicationNetworks of Experts in World History
EditorsDavid Pretel, Lino Camprubí
Pages283-312
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-75450-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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NamePart of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)

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